Monday, February 17, 2014

Vogue 8919 batwing-ish top

After my Sammy Cami, I still wasn't up for a big project, but I also didn't feel like making up another TNT. Instead I hit up my lately neglected Big 4 pattern drawers and pulled out this pattern.
It has interesting style lines, but still is very simple, with only 4 pattern pieces.
This is Vogue 8919, which is actually a dress pattern. I thought it would make an amazing top, so I shortened it by cutting it off at the hip line.
I added a neckband, rather than Vogue's turn and stitch hem at the neckline. I never have been happy with that finish. I did all my topstitching with my coverstitch, using a chain stitch. It keeps the seams nice and flat, but still has plenty of stretch.
The changes I made for fit were actually pretty minor. I blended from a 10 in the shoulders, to a 12 at the bust. I also used the curved seam in front as a kind of princess seam, and added some space for the bust on the side panel. I make a lot of princess seam garments, so I kind of just eyeballed the amount I added. Whew! It worked!
I'm pretty pleased with the fit in back. I didn't make a swayback, although I probably could do a small one. I really like the length though and the fit through the shoulders and back is very comfortable.
I really like the slight batwing shape of the sleeve, and the trompe l'oil effect the contrast has. It almost looks like a black top with a shrug. The fabrics are both ponte knit. The leopard print is from Fabric.com and the black is a Maggie London knit from FabricMart.
And I love how totally versatile it is! I felt totally punk rock cool pairing it with my faux leather and ponte skinnies, but still classy and elegant with a matching ponte pencil skirt.

19 comments:

  1. Katie -- I love this bolero inspired top! Fantastic! I downloaded a knitted version -- but this is making me rethink the sewing aspect!

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  2. You look great! And can I say, I always love your pictures, because they seem like a real testament of love. Mitch clearly likes taking pics of his hottie wife! (OK, assuming he is your photographer, that is! ;)

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  3. This looks amazing on you! Now I must get this pattern.

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  4. I totally thought that was a top with bolero - awesome look!

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  5. Just fabulous. It actually it looks like you have on an animal print shrug. Great look. I have this in my stash. Might have to move it up in the queue!

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  6. This top is one of my favorite creations of yours!! You have a built-in bolero, and you look so stylish and chic. How neat that it looks like you put in a lot more work than you did!!

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  7. Oooh, I love how you used contrasting fabric! I thought it was a bolero jacket from the pic. Very nice lines.

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  8. Very very cool! I too thought it was a bolero thrown over your cami! Super cool!

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  9. What a versatile top! You are rockin' it with the black pants and it looks very elegant paired with a skirt. Nice job! Love it.

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  10. This was such a cool fabric combination idea. It really does look like a cute shrug over a black top. But you don't have to worry about that darn thing falling off all the time. Bravo.

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  11. We need to meet up with Lauren in Nashville and go honkeytonkin' with this outfit.

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  12. I LOVE this top. It's even in my size..... Just sayin'. ;-)

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  13. Dude you are beyond sexy. I'm drooling. Love this!

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  14. Me too! It's so fab.

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  15. Wow! Love this top, cool style lines and great fabric choice. (Love your shoes too!)

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  16. Excellent. Love the look.

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  17. Holy cow, that pattern is awesome sewn up the way you sewed it, from the front it really looks like a bolero!!!!!!

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